Cooking for Children

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The day to day business of running a small child’s life is no picnic, which is ironic seeing as trying to get them to eat the right things is truly stressful. Just ask the mother whose son will only eat ham and cheese sandwiches. Or the mother who proudly boasted their 7 month old was happily eating green curry, smoked salmon and olives, only to have to confess two years later that their precocious poppet was now living on a diet of sausages and chips.

There are a bewildering number of people with ‘helpful’ advice, professionals, family, friends and even well meaning passers-by

(“yes…I KNOW I shouldn’t give coca cola to a 2 year old…but she hasn’t drunk ANYTHING in days…and its 40C…and she’s been screaming for two hours…and it made her stop…and I’ve been awake since 4am…and I’ve never done it before…but why am I justifying myself anyway…and I just caught my fingers if the damn buggies seatbelt…and she’s been screaming for four hours…and oh look, I can still make a fist with my afflicted hand…)

There’s the Annabel Carmel camp. Wean your children at four months. Don’t give them solid food, buy my books, buy my equipment, buy my philosophy, buy my ready made meals.

Then there’s the baby-led weaning camp, the right-on brigade, who watch, sympathetically as their hapless peers waft bought purees at their non the wiser child after their 50th aborted attempt at making puree.

Me? I wanted to be baby-led but lacked courage, couldn’t make unburnt puree and ended up Distraught-Camp. In the end I became so stressed and confused by all the options and what was best that I threw everything out of the window and onto the moulding pile of discarded Gina Ford books and decided that I had to go with my instincts. So I decided to sign up for Nigella Lawson’s philosophy, add wine, they love anything cooked with wine, made me better about my failures anyway (Nigella Lawson, How to Eat).

Eventually I found that a mixture of the two suited our little girl and me best. She has always eaten tonnes when she was hungry and then gone for days hardly eating a thing. It took me a while to accept that she was healthy, putting on weight, happy and that this was her way. She eats what we eat, and she eats her own food. She is still addicted to Ella’s Mango Brekkie and has a penchant for Stilton and pork pies. She won’t eat any veggies other than brocolli (go figure!), she will only eat berries from M&S or Waitrose. She loves chocolate and undiluted apple juice and would live off Bolognese if she could.

Having a child has made me a lot less judgemental, don’t get me wrong, when I see five year olds lighting cigarettes for their parents my brain still contracts painfully, but look, there may be a perfecting reasonable explanation for it…hmmm, no, maybe not.

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HI Lovely People,

We have a beautiful menu for our Winter Hug November Supper Club on Saturday 26th November. We still have places so get in touch to book a spot, dandelion.dinners@gmail.com

 

Twice baked butternut squash and sage soufflés

Pan fried Pollack with chorizo, butter beans and goats cheese

Sticky toffee poached pear cake with vanilla ice-cream

 

If you know anyone who is interested in the supper club, please do pass on their email and I’ll add them to our list of friends

Can’t wait to see you all for another fun evening.

Lots of love

Morven and Lorien

 

 

 

 

 

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Fantastic Autumn Supper club

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Hello Gorgeous folk,

We’ve just had the most fantastic fun at our Autumnal Supper Club, thanks to everyone who came. It was so lovely to see new faces and old friends…it was a late one and The ‘Barman’ was up to his old tricks, whipping up Old Fashioned cocktails and strawberry margaritas. See some of the food and fun above.

We’re having a rest over Christmas (if that’s actually possible). Our next event is the notorious ‘Burns Supper Club’ on Saturday 23rd January. There will be haggis, whisky, songs and more. We’re already taking bookings, so if you’re keen to join us let me know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Burns Supper is £35/person.

We also have our Winter Supper Club booked for Saturday 27th February at £30/person. The menu will be confirmed closer to the date but if you are feeling organised then please do book in. Please do remember we always offer vegetarian options and can cater for any allergies, just let us know as you book.


We can’t wait to see you all in the New Year

Love

Morven and Lorien

 

 

 

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Easy Banana Bread

I’m finding I need something that I can whip together in 10 minutes whilst holding a baby under one arm and wiping a toddler butt with the other. That something needs to be full of sugary goodness, so when I do finally collapse it’s there – waiting – a brief, peaceful moment when everyone stops and there is silence. Then the banana bread is finished and they’re off again, full steam ahead.

225g self-raising flour
100g butter – melted
150g soft brown sugar
3 soft bananas – mashed
teaspoon salt
2 eggs

Pre heat the oven to 180C and grease a 1 litre non-stick bread tin.

Beat all the ingredients, except the banana, until smooth, stir in the banana and pour into the bread tin.

Cook for 50 minutes or until you can stick a skewer into the middle of the bread and it comes out clean

Leave to cool for 15 minutes then remove the bread from the tin and leave to cook on a wire rack.

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Supper Club – 19th September and 31st October

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Hellooo lovely people,

Supper club has returned, post summer hols hiatus and we have TWO dates for your diaries:

Saturday 19th September – 70s NIGHT
We’re kicking off with a blast from the past. Join us for a rollicking good night of retro food and music (only the best obviously).

Menu (just go with it, it’s going to be amazing):

Cocktails – recipe provided by Margot from Surbiton

Canapes

Cheese and Pineapple (trust us!)

Beef and Wild Mushroom Stroganoff

Tiramisu

Saturday 31st October – HALLOWEEN
A fabulous menu with spooky surprises:

Seasonal cocktail served on the ‘terrace’ with firepits to warm the soul

Homemade Pumpkin and Sage Raviolo

Chicken Forestiere with Cavolo Nero

Oreo Cheesecake

Reply by email ASAP to book your place.
Price for each is £30. Bring your own bottle(s), as always!

We hope you can join us for the fun

Lots of love

Morven and Lorien

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Supper Club – 28th February

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Hi All,

Please join us for our fabulous seasonal menu lined up for the 28th February in Kingston upon Thames. Vegetarian options are available

February Menu – £30 per person

Welcome cocktail

Amuse bouche

Pear and Chicory Salad with Blue Cheese

Roasted Pork Belly with Celeriac Puree and Apple Tart

Rhubarb and Stem Ginger Cheesecake

email us at dandelion.dinners@gmail.com to book your place or to be added to our mailing list

 

 

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Fabulous Supper Club – 15th November

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The Dandelion Dinners Supper Club, Kingston upon Thames, is here again. Our first outing in September was a huge success and great fun was had by all. The food went down a storm, as did the surprise welcome cocktails, amuse bouche and post dinner shots!

Check out our seasonal menu for November and piccies of all our new fabulous friends who helped make the evening so exciting.

Get in touch if you’d like to join us on Saturday – £30/head – and please send me your email address if you would like to learn more and join the Supper club family

Dandelion.dinners@gmail.com

Hope to see you there

Morven xxx

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